Discovering Deafness Through Children's Literature
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Literature is one of the most powerful ways we come to understand society and our place in it. Through books, children learn about relationships, conflicts, empathy, morality, and how to classify their own emotions. Stepping into the lives of fictional characters, kids can experience a wide array of influential events in a very meaningful way-- travel, adventure danger, love, loss, death-- expanding their perspective, while remaining in a safe environment.
When choosing books for young children, then, it is important to consider the reality that is presented. Does your child's library reflect the multiculturalism of the world we live in?
Books that feature deaf/ hard of hearing characters or protagonists should be added to every child's collection! Whether you are the parent of a deaf child or the parent of a hearing child, introducing developing young minds to deafness can help cultivate an appreciation for human diversity.
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Article Link: Huffington Post article